PADMAPUR ( BARGARH ): A fake currency printing unit was busted and six persons arrested at Dahita village under Boden police limits in Padmapur sub-division late on Friday. The accused were circulating the notes in neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
They are Chhalu Meher alias Ghasi, his sons Nanda Meher and Puskar Meher belonging to Dahita village, Suresh Yadav, Gunasagar Bariha of Chhattisgarh and Dinabandhu Meher of Sargipali under Boden police limits.
Police are on the look out for two more persons involved in the trade. Materials and equipment required for printing, fake currency notes with face value of `1000 and `100 amounting to `33,000 and notes printed on one side have been siezed from their possession.
On a tip off, Basna police in Chhattisgarh intercepted two youths - Anand and Raju - on Friday morning and on search, the cops found fake currency notes from them. Course of investigation led the cops to Dahita village and along with their counterparts in Padampur, Basna police raided the house of Chhalu Meher. Subsequently, Chhalu, Nanda, Puskar, Suresh, Gunasagar and Dinabandhu were arrested.
Police informed that while Chhalu and his sons were involved in printing the fake notes, Suresh and Gunasagar circulated them in Chhattisgarh and Dinabandhu, who is a relative of Chhalu, was acting as mediator between them.
The six accused were carrying out the illegal trade for the last five months and circulated fake notes carrying the face value of `30,000 to `40,000 every month. Apparently, against payment of `4500, they handed over fake notes with face value of `7,500. Padampur SDPO, Prakash Patra said the gang had failed to circulate the fake notes in Odisha.